2014 Shoreland Protection Act


The Shoreland Protection Act (Chapter 49A of Title 10 §1441 et seq.) establishes new state regulations for guiding shoreland development. The intent of the Act is to prevent degradation of water quality in lakes, preserve habitat and natural stability of shorelines, and maintain the economic benefits of lakes and their shorelands by defining standards for the creation of impervious surface and cleared area in shorelands. The regulations apply to activities within 250 feet of a lake or ponds ‘mean water level’ for all lakes and ponds greater than 10 acres in surface area.

  • Essentially, any new development, redevelopment, or clearing of a property (with a few exceptions e.g. ‘wastewater system/septic and potable water supply permits supersede shoreland protection permits’) may now require a State permit. 
  • Also be advised- Any work that occurs in the lake beyond the average summer water level requires a Shoreline Encroachment Permit. Check with the new Shoreland Protection Act guidelines before making any changes!

Read the 2014 – Act 172 –  Shoreline Protection Act summary

  • New! A Guide For New Lakeshore Property Owners. This property owner’s guide introduces a new or potential landowner to what a healthy lakeshore looks like and describes how Vermont manages its public waters as a natural resource. ‘Sharing the Edge’ provides a brief overview of development regulations, including the Shoreland Protection Act and Lake Encroachment. 

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The Complete Handbook For Shoreland Development go to: Shoreland Handbook

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Please note as you look at page two of the following pdf., the 2017 contact person for Orleans County and Region 3 is now Lindsay Miller.

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  • Lake Encroachment & Shoreland Permitting; Vermont State Guidance Materials Shoreland Permitting
  • Shoreland Best Management Practices (BMP’s) fact sheets designed to outline simple actions to implement on your Shoreland property to minimize adverse impacts on water quality: VT Lake Wise program
  • This worksheet assists in determining whether or not a registration or permit is required for a shoreland project:  Worksheet